Social work and the treatment of substance abuse in Israel

Neta Peleg Oren, Giora Rahav, Meir Teichman

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This paper examines the role of the social worker within the field of substance abuse in Israel at the start ofthe 21st century, its implications for the profession, and the training of its practitioners. Addiction to psychoactive substances is viewed as a bio-psycho-social phenomenon caused by a wide variety of factors and the respective interactions between them, placing it within the realm of the expertise of the social worker. The social worker plays a central role in providing both administrative and clinical interventions with this population. Additional ways in which the education and training of social workers can prepare them to deal more efficiently and comprehensively with the problem of substance abuse in both practical and academic terms is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Aspects of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781317718734
ISBN (Print)0789019973, 9780789019967
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Policy
  • Prevention
  • Social work profession
  • Treatment of addictions in Israel


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